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The Observer Lecture 2017: Susannah Clapp

Sit in the Stalls and See the World

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Fri 02 June 2017

The Observer Lecture 2017: Susannah Clapp

Sit in the Stalls and See the World

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Fri 02 June 2017,

We are living in a country that is frightened of the arts: councils’ arts grants are savaged; the department of culture has become the department of football; and arts ministers advise people not to study the dangerous humanities. But we need the arts more than ever. Only by imagining a difference can we make one. By being in an art that is live – in the same space as characters, and in real time – we can escape the tyranny of the computer screen. Theatre can alter our sense of space, make us listen more acutely and watch more attentively. 

Susannah Clapp began writing about theatre for the Observer 20 years ago. She looks at some of the productions that have been most important to her, including Jerry Springer: The Opera and productions by Robert Icke, and explores the stage’s slow awakening to feminism, one of the biggest changes of the last two decades.

Image credit: Jonathan Ring

 

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